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  Myrtillocactus geometrizans
cv. FUKUROKURYUZINBOKU
 
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Myrtillocactus cv. 'Fukurokuryuzinboku'
What an awesome cactus!
 

The "Breast cactus" is a unique and rare plant. Its not hard to imagine where it gets its name.

A spiny cutting. The spines appear only in old plant grown in full sun.

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of Myrtillocactus geometrizans.

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific Name: Myrtillocactus geometrizans (Mart. ex Pfeiff.) Console, 1897

cv. FUKUROKURYUZINBOKU

Origin:  Japan. Garden origin (Nursery produced cultivar)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Common Names include: "Breast Cactus" or "Titty Cactus"

Synonyms:  

  • Myrtillocactus geometrizans forma mostruosa
  • Myrtillocactus geometrizans v. monstrose

Description: The standard Myrtillocactus geometrizans  (a.k.a  "Blue Candle Cactus") is a very popular candelabra-like tree cactus often sold in garden centres widely used for grafting stock. Instead the Japanese cultivar Fukurokuryuzinboku'  is  a strange monstrous form and a very  rare and priced collector item.
Its vernacular English names "Breast Cactus" or "Titty Cactus" comes from the particular shape of the tubercled ribs that resemble women breasts. This plant - apart from the breasts - is similar in all other features to the common "Blue Candle" and can grow  up to 4.5 m tall, with the crown reaching up to 5 m in width.
Stems: Glaucous (blue grey) Up to 3 -10 cm thick. They have 5-8 strange chinned ribs, shaped like a woman's breast that are approximately 2.5 cm in depth with areoles about 3-5 cm apart.
Each monstrous ribs is bordered with irregularly pleaded longitudinal groves   .
Spines: Each areole has approx to 4 small black spines, that are usually only a few mm long. But plants grown in full sun may have longer on stouter spines up to 2 cm long thought not awful.
Flowers & fruit: Rather smaller (2.5-3.7 cm) in relation to stem, greenish white in March, that turn in very sweet, edible, dark red, oblong fruits 8-20 mm in diameter. Starts blooming when it is about 60 cm tall.


The more "sensual cactus"...  ... tubercles resemble  women's breasts.
 

 



Cultivation:
They are semi hardy, make sure that your Myrtillocactus are not exposed to temperatures below -4C or they may die, nevertheless it is a good advice never let the nighttimes temperatures fall below 10C. Water regularly in summer but allow to dry fully before watering again. Need a well-drained soil mix with small gravel added to ensure drainage.. During the winter months they should be rather kept dry and water is restricted to only enough to keep the stems and branches from shrivelling. Since they are big sized plants need plenty of space for their roots, repotting should be done every other year or when the plant has outgrown its pot. Exposure: Light shade when young, full sun later.

Propagation: Cuttings in summer (Cuttings will root only in hot weather. Cuttings must be kept very dry to root)

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